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♪ hungry, thirsty and scared, the tense standoff continues near budapest. ♪ i'm jane and you are watching al jazeera and also on the program the infant child whose pictures come to symbolize the plight of refugees is buried alongside his brother and mother in the city which they fled. also ahead from the presidential palace to a prison cell we report on the corruption scandal that has shaken guatemala. and australia's shock debate should killing be brought back
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to reduce the risk to surfers and swimmers? ♪ hundreds of refugees have been in a tense standoff with police at a rail way station an hour outside budapest for nearly 24 hours now and hoping to get to austria and instead the train was stopped by riot police and they were forced to get off. let's speak now to mohamed is where the train has been stopped, mohamed, what sort of conditions are they facing there? >> [chanting] i'm sorry i had a little trouble hearing you, i believe you asked what kinds of conditions refugees are facing. it has improved slightly for them in the last hour, some water was distributed by red cross workers so at least some of the people on the train have gotten some relief but there still is a lot of anger here. in the last few minutes we heard
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folks and i will step out of the way so the camera man can show you the refugees outside of the train and many were chanting freedom in the last few minutes and demanding to be allowed to go to germany. right now, once again they are chanting and they are imploring all the journalists here to continue to cover this story and to what they are saying put pressure on the international community so that their stories and their desperate situation can be heard. now one more development to tell you about, we just heard this in the last few minutes there are reports that in a town close to the border with serbia that at least 300 refugees escaped a refugee reception center and that they were going towards a motor way and that they have now been surrounded by hungarian riot police, that is a developing situation, we will have more for you in the hour to come. >> mohamed, you have quite
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incredible images from inside the train, talk us through th e those. >> i got these pictures from one of the syrian mothers aboard the train behind us, she was telling me how desperate the situation is especially for the children a board and sent me several pictures in the hours of children who are weak and very hungry and very thirsty and some of the i'm analyzes are images are powerful with baby clinging to their mothers and some of the kids are ill right now and we are told there are pregnant women on the train and in need of medical care as well. everything we are hearing from the refugees on the train and have spoke to them some iraq and some syrian and are saying they are cramped on the train and afraid to leave because they say they are afraid they will end up in a refugee camp and don't want to be in one and want to go to
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austria and want to go to germany but it's a dire and miserable situation for them on this train and they are appealing for help from the international community and aid groups and anybody who will listen and get them much-needed aid, jane. >> the rising anger there, mohamed, what do you think the prime minister is going to do about resolving this? >> that is a good question because of criticism from just from eu leaders but others from the international community imploring them to accept more refugees and treat them more fairly and parliament will be meeting today and also meeting monday and try to adopt measures which will allow hungarian troops to go to the border with serbia. that is just one more way that the prime minister proposes to deal with this influx of refugees. of course the refugees here very angry about the stance the prime
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minister has taken towards them and all of them have said to them in one way or another in the past day if the prime minister doesn't want us here why didn't he just let us get out of this country and continue with our journey and ultimately reach germany, jane. >> pictures incarcerated in a free country and thank you for that. syrian toddler who has come to symbolize the suffering of refugees has been buried with his brother and mother and laid to rest in their home city of kobane and drown when their boat capsized off the coast of turkey as they tried to reach the greek island and the father who survived the dangerous crossing spoke of the moment he lost his family. >> translator: it was my third attempt at making the crossing with the same smuggler. i boarded a six meter boat with my sons and wife. there were 12 people on board and captain and he convinced me the boat was in good condition to make the crossing. after about four minutes we were in rough seas and a big wave hit
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the boat. the captain jumped overboard and i tried to take over but then another wave hit and we capsized. i tried to catch my wife and boys and resuscitate them but i couldn't. and they and my wife were dead. >> jackie roland are in luxenburg where they are there to discuss the crisis and what are you hearing from there? >> at the moment comments being made by foreign ministers as they arrived and the whole issue of the refugee crisis is not really due to be discussed in earnest until saturday but clearly it is something that is very much at the front of people's minds and i was just listening to the german foreign minister before i came up here to talk to you and he was saying there was a need for a common european policy on refugees. we have already had suggestions from his luxenburg counterpart that a refugee agency should be set up so there could be a
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coordinated response from the whole of europe because at the moment we have seen this really chaotic response and, in fact, the head of the u.n. refugee agency was saying that this is really a defining moment for europe, a moment at which really we can see the test of what exactly european values are, what does the european union stand for. and it seems in resent times that whenever there is a real crisis, we saw it with the greek debt crisis and now with this crisis the european condition falls apart and see countries acting in their national interests so obviously that question about how europe can coordinate its policy is going to be something that is going to be discussed in great detail on saturday. >> obviously britain comes to mind and seems david cameron is vowing to some sort of pressure to increase the numbers, what does that mean and how is that going to work, jackie? >> well, again, if i can just
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quote the german foreign minister he said at the moment we've got this situation where there is no over all european approach to actually how to share out all these desperate people who are arriving on the shores of europe or arriving east of europe across the land. he said it's not right that four or five countries should be taking all the responsibility for this. now britain was one of those countries along with some eastern european countries like hungry and poland who really expressed quite a lot of reluctance and fear about accepting more refugees and migrants and we heard the hungarian prime minister today raise this spector of tens of millions flooding into the eu and polish prime minister said he predicted 3-4 million could come in the european union which is very much a fear or an idea that does have quite a bit of currency in public opinion in many countries including in the united kingdom where there is a body of opinion that people who
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feel and, in fact, there are too many foreigners in the uk, however, obviously that iconic image has in many ways surged the public's consciousness and i think when we hear the british prime minister talk about allowing thousands more and don't have an exact figure for how many thousand but talking about letting in thousands more syrian refugees and he is not responding here to any kind of european initiative, he is responding directly to british public opinion. >> thank you very that, jackie roland. i.s.i.l. burned up three ancient tooms in palmyra and the man in charge of protecting it said the towers have been destroyed and palmyra is one of the most famous unesco world heritage sites. 22 soldiers from the united arab emirates have been killed in the eastern province and reported extensive from yemen and joins
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me here on the set, what have you heard about this incident? >> well, according to the official news agency in the united arab emirates says 22 soldiers were killed in an accidental explosion and they didn't give a further details. now this is the biggest loss for the uae but it's interesting because now some military sources came out and said that the reason of the explosion was an explosion at the depth for weapons and this was at the depo at the base of the province and the reason of the explosion was the weapons were miss handled and were stored in the wrong way. now the enemy and their enemy the other side of the story the houthis and their allies say they fired the ballistic missile against that military base killing a number of soldiers and destroying weapons and even a helicopter and i don't know if it's accurate but what the houthis are claiming. >> that part of the country, the
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importance of it? >> it's an oil-rich country and a big province. the houthis have presence in that province but not very big one so that is why i think the coalition and their fighters are loyal to president hadi are gathering there and they received weapons and thousands of men in preparation for a fight against to retake the capitol sanaa so i think that is why that particular base is important. >> reporter: thanks for that. much more here on al jazeera. >> i'm andrew thomas and in australia along the coastline that is developing a reputation as the shark attack capitol of the world. some here are calling for a kill but would that be ethical? ♪
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of kobane. germany expecting a record 800,000 asylum requests this year the system is struggling to cope from berlin and rob reynolds reports. >> reporter: she and her three-month-old baby girl reached the goal of so many refugee's desperate journey. >> a long hard trip and most of the time on foot and suffered a lot especially in hungry we suffered. >> reporter: made their way to germany from syria and now they are waiting along with thousands of others from many countries to register with the social welfare authorities at berlin's central refugee processing center. the bureaucracy is cumbersome and the center is under staffed, workers there say the system is overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. she asked us not to use her last name is trying to be patient. >> translator: thanks be to god and very happy to be here but
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waiting for 15 days now trying to be registered. >> reporter: germany offers relatively generous benefits and resettlement policies and laws that make it easier for refugees to claim asylum. mohamed knew he wanted to get to germany as soon as he decided to leave aleppo. >> translator: i love germany. some refugees come here and expect to get everything all at once and that is wrong. and they do give us a place to sleep, eat and drink. >> but officials at the social welfare agency say housing for refugees in berlin is extremely difficult to find. tent camps are in the process of being set up. 17-year-old syrian yusef that suffers from a chronic digestive illness the long wait is a serious issue and his body emaciated and received no hospital treatment when he arrived ten days ago because he has not finished registering.
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>> translator: disappointed and sad and left my parents and in germany but didn't expect it to be like this. >> reporter: no common refugee policy. germany and france want to introduce a unified system for accepting refugees and distributing them fairly across the eu. if proposals like that one are adopted it might help bring some order to the chaos of europe's refugee problem. but so long as people suffer under repression and civil war they will continue to seek safety anywhere they can. rob reynolds, al jazeera, berlin europe government discuss their response to the refugee crisis many of its citizens are taking matters into their own hands and peter mcdade is the cooriginco organizer with aid collection and delivery project and said they have been overwhelmed with support. >> we were somewhat in disbelief
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at some of the narratives around the refugee crisis. our own government and a lot of the media describing the refugees in terms as a swarm and infestation. one of the tabloids waiting for columnist described as cockroaches and couldn't believe that type of thing was happening and wanted to in some way to ensure that people in scotland, people in britain and people in europe are not like that, that we care by the suffering these people are going through. what we are doing is we are taking down essential supplies to cali. there are thousands of people at cali trying to enter britain. they have been segregated into a camp. they lack provisions with winter coming and what we are going to do is take them central provisions that they need for the coming months. >> reporter: you had a fantastic response i believe and overwhelmed, what does this tell you about people and how they are feeling about this situation? >> it's incredible.
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the response we had has been amazing and everything from local food bank in west shore to trade unions and many, many ordinary people throughout scotland, they have all contributed and all helped. their response was from normal, everyday people and scotland has been incredible and not just scotland but through the united kingdom, the nations of money and resources have been flooding in. it has been a full time job trying to deal with the nations that are receiving the good wealth that is offered and support as genuinely staggering and increased the impression of what we wanted to do and actually wanted to do a couple of vines but we are far in access of that and initially we wanted it just to be to cali but may be able to tie in with bigger charities and extend it to refugees in hungry and hopefully to the mediterranean as well. >> and many people care because
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when you listen to politicians it seems nobody does care, what is it you would like the politicians to do now? >> we need as a coincidence europe every country needs to get together and come up with a unified strategy to help the region and can help the refugee crisis in any way it can. last week we saw a baby boy washed up on the beaches in turkey and it's unacceptable and we need as a continent to stop it from happening, it's not acceptable. >> rescuers recovered 20 bodies in search for survivors after a boat with indonesia workers capsized on malaysia west coast and went down in rough seas and we report from the small town. >> reporter: a grim cargo being brought ashore and it has been just days since the cap size but just when rescuers lost hope they find another survivor. barely alive.
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>> looks very confused and not very stable. to say he is happy, there is no feeling on him. >> reporter: alive but this is not the welcome they had hoped for. officials say they are indonesia migrants illegally working in malaysia. they say there were 70 passengers aboard, less than a third survived. 42-year-old says he worked on a construction site to support his two children. he was on his way home to the indonesia island when the boat capsized. >> translator: i was alone. i hang on to a piece of wood. i wanted to save myself. >> reporter: accidents like this occur almost every year in malaysia's waters, millions of desperate migrants travel here looking for work and most illegal relying on smugglers to
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get them in. >> they are poor people that is why they are here to work. and at the same time our legal system has to be better. >> reporter: malaysia and indonesia officials say they will work more closely to clamp down on this trafficking. >> next what we are going to do is to have a communication with the authorities in malaysia, how to prevent such an accident happening again in the future. so far our cooperation with the authorities in malaysia is very good. >> reporter: out at sea the search for the missing continues. malaysia officials say ships and planes are searching hundreds of square kilometers. but they warn as more time passes the chances of finding survivors will fade. al jazeera, malaysia. hindu ceremony at a shrine in the thai capitol where an explosion killed 20 people last month.
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the statute of the temple of erdiwan in bangkok has been restored after being damaged in the blast and police say they are expecting to make further arrests. french investigators made a breakthrough in the search for the missing malaysia flight mh-370 and confirm the debris on a remote indian ocean belongs to the aircraft and july a piece washed up on reunion island and disappeared in march last year with 239 people on board. guatemala president otto perez molina held in jail while investigated for corruption and says he took bribes as part of accustom scam but otto perez molina said he didn't do anything wrong and the vice president has been sworn in as interim leader ahead of elections on sunday and daniel reports from guatemala city. >> reporter: this is a site that rocked guatemala with repercussions throughout the region and a few days ago otto
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perez molina was the president of guatemala. now he is in custody in a jail cell being investigated for his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal. a growing social movement, regular protests. >> translator: we've been demanding the resignation of corrupt politicians. now we have seen the resignation of the leader of a band of corrupt officials otto perez molina who happened to be the president of guatemala. >> reporter: this is the man who has replaced him, the new interrim president with a background in the justice system and there are presidential elections this sunday. guatemala has never seen a week quite like it and it's not over yet. there is great hope and expectation here they can put their corrupt past behind them but no clear ideas about the way forward. corruption is not new in guatemala but never before have
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so many heads of such senior people rolled. >> i think that is what has driven the social movements and for me it's pretty clear and it's against the corruption of the system, against this system that builds up for politicians to just steal and steal and steal public money. >> reporter: these people have achieved more than they thought possible, but what do they want now? >> translator: a better future after what is the guatemala spring and invest in hospitals, medicine, food for the patients and on education too. >> translator: we are waiting for them to return everything they stole and we are talking about a lot of money. we need hospitals. he did nothing for guatemala. >> reporter: living through an experience it never has before and hope on sunday's election and uncertainty of what lies
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beyond, daniel at guatemala city. u.s. prosecutors want the death penalty of ruff accused of shooting people for their race and killed in a bible class in charleston, south carolina in june and he has yet to enter a plea. a u.s. soldier stopped a grand man on the way to paris has been welcomed home as a hero and spencer stone walked off to cheers to 200 people to greet him among a group of passengers who tackled a heavily armed man last month and given france's highest bravery award. >> he put his life on the line and took this guy down and saved many lives i'm pretty sure of, not too many people would do that. >> basically just to show my support for one of my fellow airman who just happened to be a hero. >> reporter: unprecedented number of shark attacks on australia east coast has a
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debate of killing is to make the waters safe for swimmers and new south wales government is looking at measures after 14 attacks in the last year, in the latest incident a man was knocked off his surf ski by a shark and mauled. andrew thomas reports from new south wales. >> on the morning of july the 31st, just 20 meters from shore former boxer craig ison was mauled by a great white shark, sat on his surf board with the shark trying to rip off his leg he managed to fight back. >> whack whack whack whack four times and it worked. >> for ten seconds you think he was latched on. >> the whole thing was ten seconds. >> reporter: lost so much blood he almost died and spent all of august in hospital, full recovery could take years. as for getting back in the ocean. >> i wouldn't go back in the water no way and you can pay me $10 million and i wouldn't get
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in the water and i will not go in there until i know it's safe. >> reporter: there is fear on the coast of australia, over the past 12 months the short stretch north of sidney has seen 14 people attacked by sharks and two died. >> it's a little bit here with a lot of fear and surfers are reluctant to go in the water. >> reporter: why so many shark attacks, it could be the el nino is changing water temperatures bringing sharks closer to shore and more rain than normal washed nutrients in the sea attacking fish that sharks feed on and another theory is after a ban on shark hunting in 1999 more sharks are reaching maturity than before. what can be done to protect swimmers and surfers and along this coast that question has brought fierce debate. some say nothing and the ocean is the shark's territory, people have to accept a degree of risk. >> i've enjoyed the fact the crowds have come down and where
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you can surf because it's unheard of once upon a time. >> reporter: many want firm action or shooting sharks or shark netting which traps them and at a community meeting they were in favor. >> hundreds are sort of taking on a lot of sharks and we can isolate the seven sharks that have been around for a while and when you take out one or two of them they do it in other parts of the world as well. >> reporter: but kills are controversial, when one began in the east of australia last year hundreds protested and great white numbers have ground in resent yearshey are much lower than they once were. i don't like the idea of a kill of an animal that has been lowered to what i considered threatened levels of population. >> reporter: craig says he wouldn't want the particular shark that attacked him killed. he feels it gave him half a
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chance but he does want action, people he thinks deserve more protection than sharks, andrew thomas, al jazeera, near australia. those stories and much, much more can be found by logging on to our website, al jazeera.com. ♪ a kentucky clerk's office reopens for business this morning with the clerk's deputies ready to hand out marriage licenses, their boss is in jail. the saudi king comes to the white house on his first overseas trip since taking power. what the president is doing to sell him on the iran nuclear deal. >> the honest to god answer is i just don't know. >> reporter: and vice president joe biden reveals reluctance to run for the top job in 2016. ♪

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